Posted by Marie Bernadette on March 24, 1998 at 13:36:06:
I like this paragraph in the chapter entitled 'A Letter' because it helps to show the difference in attitude between the 'Regencies' and the Victorians. I feel that Regency era people get lumped with the Victorians all to often and I am always looking for evidence that illustrates their differences. I think it also furthers the argument that Jane was no prudish ol' spinster.
"The reference to Fielding's Tom Jones is another provocative remark. Jane is making clear that she doesn't mind talking about a novel which deals candidly and comically with sexual attraction, fornication, bastard children and the oily hypocrisy of parsons, and roundly states that the sins of the flesh are of little account, and much to be preferred to the meanness of spirit of sober, prudent people..."
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